2015-04-29 / Features

Local-Express

Dave Diedrich

This column was originated in July 2013 by Nicollette Barsamian

Dave Diedrich lives in Astoria. He started playing the organ at the age of six. At his first recital, the organ he was supposed to play broke, forcing him to play the song on the piano...it was easier and had less pedals, so he figured “I better learn to play this thing in case the organ breaks again next year.” He started recording with friends and made his first demo at age 14.

After moving to New York in 2002, Diedrich started a piano-based pop/rock band, which has been featured across the country on ABC radio, college radio, and internet radio stations, including Pandora. Diedrich had developed a strong niche in the New York City underground rock scene and enjoyed playing shows throughout the tri-state area.

In 2010, Diedrich and his wife, Christie, had a son, Aidan, and 21 months later, their daughter, Dylan Rose. One day while hanging out with the family around the house, Diedrich decided to play the old keyboard that had been stored away for almost a decade. His kids loved it and he found that it was a nice change for him. After taking his son to a kids’ singalong, He felt inspired to start something new. He took that was a sign and came up with the persona of “Mr. Dave.”


Dave Diedrich entertains the children. 
Photo Maria Hernandez Dave Diedrich entertains the children. Photo Maria Hernandez Mr. Dave started playing at local coffee shops in Astoria and soon developed a large following. In October, Mr. Dave released Mr. Dave and the Farm of Rock. The album has upbeat chorus-driven songs like “Farm of Rock,” as well as sweet lullabies like “Tomorrow,” a song to sing your child to sleep.

Diedrich said, “Starting my new project as Mr. Dave has been one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling projects I have ever been a part of.”

The Mr. Dave show is a fast-paced singand dance-along with laser lights, percussion instruments, beach balls, and three bubble machines. His show will have your little one dancing around, singing songs we all know and love, and maybe even ready for a nap!

You can see Mr. Dave at “Bowery Kids,” located at Bowery Bay, 19-33 Ditmars Blvd., on Thursdays, from 10:30 am to 11:15 am. It’s $8 a family, with newborns through kids four years of age, with muffins and snacks made by chef and owner, Gary Anza and coffee for parents.

Diedrich wants to start planning spring shows at the park. For more information, you can visit www.mrdavekidsmusic.com, www.facebook.com/mrdavemusic and www.facebook.com/bowerykids.

Diedrich is also a licensed real estate salesperson at Modern Spaces Astoria, 34-16 30th Ave., Astoria, NY 11103, 718-777-2232.

QG: Who influenced you the most, musically?

DD: Growing up my dad used to listen to a lot of Peter, Paul and Mary. My big brother started me on The Beatles – I think everyone remembers who started them on The Beatles. Once I started writing my own material, it was mostly piano-based artists like Billy Joel, Ben Folds, Jamie Cullum and Gavin DeGraw. I think now that I am writing children’s music, I was thinking of picking up some more Peter, Paul, and Mary!

QG: Who are some of your favorite musicians?

DD: I like John Mayer. I think I own all his music. He’s the type of guy whose albums you like at first, and love three years later. For children’s music, The Barenaked Ladies put out a great kids’ album, and They Might Be Giants are a pretty funky way to start your kids out on music.

QG: Do you hope to play in an arena one day, and if so, where would you like to play?

DD: I don’t see myself playing in any arenas. But it sure would fit a lot of newborns to five-year-olds!

QG: The “Bowery Kids” gathering is an amazing group of parents and their kids. When we went by recently, it looked like a lot of fun – what do you enjoy about it?

DD: When we dance and sing as adults, it makes us feel like kids again. Children moving to music is like the spark of mankind happening before your very eyes. Pretty deep huh?...But on a more shallow note, they are a great crowd. They aren’t exactly able to get up and leave, so that’s nice to know as a musician. If I see that they are getting restless, I just have to turn on the bubble machine, and we are all good! Bubbles make everything better.

QG: What are some of your favorite places to dine in Astoria?

DD: For a quick lunch I love Create on 30th Avenue. It’s becoming a problem...

QG: Where can our readers see you perform?

DD: Right now, between the real estate I do, and juggling the kids with my wife, I only play at Bowery Kids (19-33 Ditmars Blvd) on Thursdays at 10:30 am. I will be planning something in Astoria Park soon, hopefully in June or July.

QG: Tell us about Mr. Dave and the Farm of Rock.

DD: Farm of Rock was my first attempt at a children’s album. Lots of funny voice impressions, sound effects, upbeat rock tempos and catchy choruses (I hope). It also has a lullaby at the end of the album, that hopefully becomes part of the repertoire parents sing while putting their little ones to bed!

QG: Do you have any special projects coming up that you would want our readers to know about?

DD: I started collaborating with another musician on a children’s rock band for slightly older kids, five to eight years old. We just started so I don’t have much for ya! Also, I am sure I will be doing a show at Astoria Park sometime this summer. You’re just going to have to friend me on Facebook to find out when! (www.facebook.com/mrdavemusic.)

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